Police Arrest Five Suspected Armed Robbers, Kidnappers In Edo

 

The Edo state police command has arrested five suspected armed robbers and kidnappers notorious for terrorising Kogi and Edo states.

According to the police, one pump action and two locally made guns, twenty live cartridges, a pair of police mobile force uniform, two face masks and charms were recovered from the alleged criminals.

The command’s public relations officer, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor in a statement on Saturday, disclosed that the arrest followed a robust raid and search of the Auchi axis on April 19, 2019, as ordered by the state Commissioner of Police, Dan-Mallam Mohammed.

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The statement said that coordinated intelligence collaboration between operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) and the police, led to the arrest of the suspects.

“On 19/04/2019, a robust raiding, coding and search was conducted within Auchi axis, which resulted in the arrest of the following: Salihu Uzovehe (23), Hadi Musa Gambari (23), Tijani Garuba (24) and Mohammed Abdulkadri (44), who are deadly and notorious gang members of kidnapping and armed robbery syndicates that are terrorising Kogi and Edo States axis.

“Based on credible intelligence through the Department of the State Security (DSS) in conjunction with the office of the Inspector-General of Police, Edo State Police Command was alerted by the Inspector-General of Police that the above-mentioned criminal elements are planning coordinated attacks against police formations in Edo State.

“Items allegedly recovered from the suspects included an old carton-color Toyota Valet car with registration number AG-721-AGZ, one pump-action gun, two locally made guns, 20 live cartridges, a pair of police mobile force uniform, two face masks and charms,” the statement added.

Sources close to the command also revealed that the fifth member of the gang was arrested in Kogi state.

Plateau Residents Assured Of Hitch Free Eid-el-Kabir Celebration

Eid-El-Kabir-Security-PlateauSecurity agencies in Plateau State have assured its citizens of a peaceful and hitch free Eid-el-Kabir celebrations in spite of rumours of impending attack on the state.

The Commander of the Special Taskforce “Operation Safe Haven”, Major General Rogers Nicholas, gave the assurance after a town hall meeting with officials of road transport workers, community leaderships and market operators.

Subsequent to the meeting, Major General Nicholas led the Joint Taskforce on a security patrol of major streets of Jos and Bukuru metropolis in North-central Nigeria.

The Taskforce comprises officials of the military, police, immigration, Department of State Security, Federal Road Safety Corps, National Security and Civil Defence Corps as well as National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and Nigerian Prisons Service.

Addressing the joint patrol after the exercise, the Commander said the exercise was part of security measures to assure citizens of its readiness to combat any criminal activity during and after the Sallah celebrations.

He urged the officers to exhibit professionalism in discharging their duties and called for synergy among security agencies for the sustenance of peace in Plateau State.

The Major General also warned those who may want to cause trouble during the celebrations that security agencies were ever ready to clamp down on perpetrators.

On his part, the newly appointed Commissioner of Police, Mr Babatunde Ogunyanwo, said the police is also ready to secure lives and property during the Sallah period.

He appealed to the citizens to also cooperate with the security agencies to provide useful information and adhere to instructions on security arrangements, to forestall breakdown of law and order.

Senate Orders Service Chiefs To Probe Enugu Killing

Senate-EnuguThe Nigerian Senate has directed security agencies to immediately conduct a thorough investigation into the attack on Nimbo community in Enugu State and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice.

The lawmakers condemned Monday’s attack on a community in Enugu State where suspected herdsmen killed a yet to be determined number of people and burnt buildings.

At the floor of the Senate on Thursday in Abuja, the legislators observed a minute silence to honour the Nigerians killed in Nimbo and other communities by suspected herdsmen.

After a debate, they set up a committee with representatives from each geopolitical zone to meet urgently and proffer solutions to the problem.

The Senate also resolved to invite security chiefs to brief the Upper Chamber on the movement of fleeing terrorists, to ensure that measures were put in place to forestall a spread of terrorist activities across Nigeria.

President Buhari had in a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, unreservedly condemned the attack on Ukpabi Nimbo and other such acts of extreme violence against communities in other states of the Federation.

He instructed the Nigerian Armed Forces and Police to take all necessary action to stop the killing, saying that ending the recent upsurge of attacks on communities by herdsmen reportedly armed with sophisticated weapons had become a priority on the government’s agenda for enhanced national security.

Enugu Massacre: IGP Visits Nimbo Community, Orders Policeman’s Arrest

Enugu MassacreThe Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, has ordered the detention of a policeman, identified as Corporal Chukwu, who allegedly collaborated with herdsmen during the killing of residents in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State.

Mr Arase has also directed that the policeman be detained and properly investigated.

He gave the assurance that once the allegations against him in the Enugu massacre were confirmed, he would not only leave the Police but would be prosecuted.

Mr Arase, who visited the community to commiserate with victims of the attack, said that his visit was aimed at assessing the situation and subsequently plan on how to find a permanent solution to the scourge.

He pledged the readiness of the Police to do all in its powers to ensure that those involved in the gruesome murder of the villagers were arrested and prosecuted.

He assured the villagers that the Police was on top of the situation adding that no policeman who collaborates with criminal elements to perpetrate crime would go unpunished.

“I am not happy about what has happened and that is why I have decided to come and have an on the spot assessment of the situation.

“I have been discussing with the senator from the area and others to enable us find lasting solution to the problem. I have been able to see what happened and we should be able to find solutions.

“I can assure Nigerians that nobody has the right to take the life of any other Nigerian and goes free with it. We are going to make sure that we catch them and prosecute them and we will create the enabling environment for peace. On our way here, we saw where we are trying to put a police station to increase Police visibility in this area,” he said.

The Police boss, who also visited the palace of the traditional ruler of the community, John Akor, advised the community to remain law abiding and vigilant, while commending their partnership with the Police that actually aborted the devastation of the environment.

Mr Arase was accompanied by the senator representing Enugu North senatorial zone, Chukwuka Utazi, state Commissioner of Police, Mr Nwodibo Ekechukwu and other top Police officers.

The Enugu Massacre left at least 20 people dead.

Okorocha Condemns Enugu Herdsmen Attacks, Tasks FG On Justice

Rochas Okorocha on Enugu Herdsmen killingsGovernor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has condemned in strong terms the recent attack on residents of some rural communities in Enugu State, southeast Nigeria.

The Imo State Governor described the act perpetrated by some group of unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen as ‘very barbaric and unfortunate’.

At a meeting with some traditional rulers on Wednesday in Owerri the state capital, he said that the recent attack in Enugu State was inhumane and totally unacceptable.

Peaceful Coexistence

The Governor urged the Federal Government through the security operatives, to immediately bring the perpetrators of such evil act to book.

He appealed to the traditional rulers in all the communities in Imo State and southeast Nigeria to take absolute control of security in their various autonomous communities.

Governor Rochas Okorocha also tasked them to ensure peaceful coexistence between their people and residents from other areas, adding that Nigeria presently needed absolute peace in the face of its several challenges.

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Herdsmen have also caused agony and tears at different other communities in Nigeria

Expressing optimism that President Muhammadu Buhari would tackle the present security challenges caused by the herdsmen, he called on the people of Enugu State and the entire Southeast region to remain calm, as drastic measures were being taken to curb the killings.

President Buhari had in a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, unreservedly condemned the attack on Ukpabi Nimbo and other such acts of extreme violence against communities in other states of the Federation.

He instructed the Nigerian Armed Forces and Police to take all necessary action to stop the killing, saying that ending the recent upsurge of attacks on communities by herdsmen reportedly armed with sophisticated weapons had become a priority on the government’s agenda for enhanced national security.

Buhari Promises To Fish Out Herdsmen Attacking Communities

Herdsmen-Muhammadu BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has reassured Nigerians of his administration’s continued commitment to ensuring the safety of lives and property in all parts of the country.

This follows the continued reports of attacks by herdsmen on communities across Nigeria, particularly Monday’s attack on Ukpabi Nimbo in Enugu State.

According to a statement by President Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, the President unreservedly condemned the attack on Ukpabi Nimbo and other such acts of extreme violence against communities in other states of the Federation.

‘A Priority’

President Buhari had instructed the Nigerian Armed Forces and Police to take all necessary action to stop the killing, saying that ending the recent upsurge of attacks on communities by herdsmen reportedly armed with sophisticated weapons had become a priority on the government’s agenda for enhanced national security.

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Mr Solomon Arase said prolification of weapons had occured after the-Middle-East crisis

Acting on the President’s directive, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and heads of other security agencies are already taking urgent steps to fully investigate the attacks, apprehend and bring the perpetrators to justice.

New Threat To Collective Security

The IGP, Mr Solomon Arase, the General Officer Commanding the 82nd Division of the Nigerian Army, and the Director of the Department of State Services in Enugu State have visited Ukapbi Nimbo to personally oversee investigations into the attack on the community and on-going efforts to apprehend the culprits.

President Buhari is also scheduled to meet with the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, later on Wednesday to receive further briefing on the attack on the community and discuss additional measures to forestall similar attacks and restore public confidence.

He urged Nigerians to remain calm and assured them of his administration’s readiness to deploy all required personnel and resources to remove this new threat to the collective security of the nation.

Reps Ask Police To Investigate Alleged Herdsmen Attack In Enugu

RepsThe House of Representatives has mandated the Inspector General of Police to immediately conduct a thorough investigation into the attack on a community in Enugu State by unknown herdsmen.

At least 20 persons were allegedly killed in Ukpabi Nimbo, an agrarian community in the Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State while property worth millions of Naira were destroyed.

In a motion that enjoyed popular support, the House said the Police Chief must ensure the perpetrators were brought to justice.

The House is also inviting the Director General of the Department of State Services to appear before the House to brief them on the rising cases of unidentified herdsmen causing mayhem in different states of  the country.

The sponsor of the motion warned that if drastic measures were not put in place, the incident was likely to reoccur.

Soldiers/Shiites Clash: Army To Testify Before Commission On Wednesday

ShiitesThe judicial commission of inquiry into the December 12, 2015 violent clash between the Army and members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, also called the Shiites, has again been adjourned.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 has been fixed for commencement of hearing into the incident.

Chairman of the commission, Justice Mohammed Garba, said that the Army will appear on Wednesday to state its own account of the incident that claimed several lives.

Justice Garba explained that the adjournment was as a result of an oral pleading by counsel to the Shiites movement requesting for a short time to enable them have access to the leader of the movement, Sheik Ibrahim El Zakzaky who is currently under detention in Abuja.

He explained that feelers he got from the counsels indicate that there were concrete plans for them to meet with El-Zakzaky on Monday at the DSS facility in Abuja in order to get a brief from him.

Justice Garba, while noting that no other adjournment would be entertained again by the commission having wasted five out of the six weeks given to it to conclude its report, announced that the Army would appear on Wednesday to give its own account of the incident.

He also said that other groups and individuals that submitted memorandum will also appear before the commission to give their own testimonies.

Counsel to the commission, Yunus Utaz, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, and that of the Army, Anthony Adeniyi, did not oppose the adjournment.

The General Officer Commanding, One Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman and some other senior Army officers attended the sitting.

However, counsels to the Islamic Movement were absent as they were said to be in Abuja where they are expected to meet with Sheik El-Zakzaky at the DSS office.

Shiites Lament Inability To Access El-Zakzaky

ShiitesMembers of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, popularly known as Shiites, have raised alarm that they are being frustrated by the DSS and Police to have access to their leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

This they said has prevented them from submitting their memorandum to the Commission of Inquiry set up by the Kaduna State government to investigate the bloody clash between them and the Nigerian Army in Zaria on December 12, 2015.

At the resumed sitting of the commission on Monday, counsel to the movement, Festus Okoye, told the commission that all efforts by the Shiites’ legal team or its members to have access to El-Zakzaky were unsuccessful in spite of several meetings they had with the DSS and Police authorities in Abuja.

He attributed the delay by the group to submit its memorandum to the commission to inability of the members to meet with their leader who is believed to be in custody of the Department of State Security (DSS) in the Federal Capital Territory.

On his part, counsel to the Commission, Yusuf Ali (SAN), ‎asked the commission to order the Attorney General of Kaduna State and the Attorney General of the Federation to liaise with him to see how they can have access to El-Zakzaky and get briefings from him.

Ruling on the two submissions, the Chairman of the commission, Justice Muhammadu Garba, granted Mr Ali’s request and directed both Attorney Generals to fast track the meeting to enable the Shiite members have access to their leader.

Justice Garba subsequently adjourned the sitting till March 14.

Since the commencement of sitting on February 22, the Commission of Inquiry had adjourned sitting four times.

Although it has so far received 105 memoranda from individuals and groups, the failure of the commission to commence hearing has been attributed to the inability of the Shiites to make their submissions.

Borno Govt. Criminalizes Cattle Import To Check Terror Funding

CattleThe Borno State Government has criminalised the import of cattle into the state or sale of dried meat.

The embargo followed recent discovery that Boko Haram terrorists now sell stolen cattle to fund terror.

Governor Kashim Shettima has also imposed a civil-military management in cattle market in Maiduguri to enforce stringent conditions in slaughter houses.

This is contained in a government house statement issued by Media Adviser to the Governor, Isa Gusau.

According to the statement, a new management made up of representatives of the Nigerian military, Police, the Department of State Security, Civilian JTF and Government officials has now been assigned to take full charge of the market and henceforth scrutinize sources of all cattle and delay slaughter of certified cattle.

“Our security agencies have reasonably established that most of the cattle being traded at the markets were the direct proceeds of cattle rustling perpetrated by Boko Haram insurgents which were sold at prohibitive costs to unsuspecting customers through some unscrupulous middlemen who use underhand ploy to deliberately disguise the transactions as legitimate.”

The Governor said that the discovery led to the temporary closure of the market by security agencies in the state.

“The new management committee is to device strategies to ascertain the sources of all cattle being traded and slaughtered at the cattle markets; ensure that a mandatory period of three to four days is observed on all cattle sold before they are sent to the slaughter house in order to enable interested parties to inspect them,” The Governor said.

“Importation of cattle to the state capital through all routes by all sources, other than the Cattle Traders Association is hereby suspended for two weeks from the date of this inauguration.

“In the same vein, the sale of dried meat has been banned as it has been observed that criminal elements resort to this method to legitimize their dubious activities which ultimately end up in funding the activities of the insurgents.

“The Governor forbids all trading activities at the Gamboru cattle markets, Dusuman, Shuwari and Ngom are suspended until further notice.”

The Governor presented cheques of 100 million Naira to leadership of the cattle traders and butchers to serve as bailout to thousands of law abiding traders who have been thrown out of business following the recent steps taken.

The members are to use the funds to purchase legitimate cattle that are to be subjected to investigations by the new management committee of cattle markets.

Army/ Shiites Clash: Zakzaky’s Absence Stalls Sitting

kaduna-ShiitesThe proceedings in the second day sitting of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry investigating the December 12, 2015 violent clash between the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and the Nigerian Army, has been stalled.

The proceeding was stalled as a results of the inability of the counsel to the Islamic Movement in Nigeria to get access to the leader of the movement, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

During the resumed sitting on Wednesday, Counsel to the Shiites, Maxwell Kyon, who appeared before the Commission, pleaded for two weeks adjournment to enable him get access to his client, who is currently in the custody of the Department of State Security (DSS).

While the counsel to the Nigerian Army, Abba Audu, did not oppose the appeal.

Lawyer to the Commission, Yunus Ustaz (SAN), objected to the prayer, stating that the two weeks request is too long taking into cognizance that the Commission has a limited time to conclude its sitting.

In his ruling, Chairman of the Commission, Justice Mohammed Garba, refused to grant the request for a two weeks adjournment on the grounds that the Commission has only six weeks to conclude its assignment and submit its report to the Kaduna State Government.

He, however, granted the Shiites’ counsel five days to get access to his client within which to report back to the Commission on whether or not he has had access to his client.

He, therefore, adjourned sitting till Monday, February 29, 2016.

Reacting to the ruling, Counsel to the Shiites, noted that the group may likely file their own memorandum to the Commission as soon as they have access to their leader, who has been in detention since December 2015.

Abia DPR Urges Marketers To Sell Fuel At Government Approved Price

DPRThe Department of Petroleum Regulation has issued an ultimatum to Independent Marketers in Aba to comply with the government’s directives of selling petrol at 86 Naira 50 Kobo or face the consequences.

While on monitoring to some petrol stations in Umuahia, Abia State capital on Wednesday, the Operation Controller in Aba, Mr Paschal Ezemmadu, hinted that the inability of the marketers to provide the officials with evidence of payment, which would enable them to trace inconsistency in the price at point of purchase, would no longer be condoled.

He was on the monitoring exercise with a team of the Department of State Security (DSS) and Pipeline and Product Marketing Company (PPMC).

According to Mr Ezemmadu, their job is to regulate prices and ensure compliance. He warned that any marketer that defaults, would be sanctioned and their pump price adjusted.

The DPR has provided the necessary avenue that includes filling coupons that would enable them trace those selling the PMS at the private depot above government price.

Meanwhile, some petrol stations had been sealed for selling above government approved pump price.